Last week, I received an urgent text from a friend about Pho Sinh, a newish Vietnamese place that replaced Panda Restaurant. “Pho place for dinner? The menu looks interesting. Some Hanoi specialties like buncha”. So off we went.
While the house specialty is presumably pho, we were too intrigued by the “Ha Noi Cuisine” section to order any on our first visit. We had the Bun Cha Ha Noi (marinated broiled pork served with vermicelli, salad wrap and special sauce), Nem Cua (fried rice paper, stuffed with crab meat and black mushrooms) and Tom Trung Man (salted egg yolk fried prawns).
All of it was really good – savory-sweet slices of pork and pork patty in an addictive sauce, to be wrapped with vermicelli, mint, Thai basil, and perilla in lettuce and dipped in more of the same sauce; light crab/mushroom spring rolls, to be eaten the same way, and the fried prawns, gritty and funky with its salted egg yolk batter.
I’m looking forward to going back. Maybe next time I’ll try the pho.